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Arnold School researcher to deliver prestigious TEDTalk

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Dr. Julius Fridriksson of the Arnold School of Public Health will join the ranks of prestigious speakers chosen for TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design), which brings the world’s best presenters -- scientists, philosophers, musicians, religious leaders, philanthropists and many others – to share their ideas with the world.


Julius Fridriksson
Julius Fridriksson

Admission to attend TEDTalks, which are held throughout the world, is by application only. Applicants for Fridriksson’s talk, set for later this month, were selected last year.


He will join the ranks of Bill Gates, Frank Gehry, Daniel Wolpert, Billy Graham, Annie Lennox, Quincy Jones, and Bono, all of whom have been TED speakers. Fridriksson was selected as one of about eight speakers from more than 100 applicants last summer 2011. He appeared before a committee to discuss his presentation and explain the type of talk that he would give.

“It has been my dream for years to give a TEDTalk,” Fridriksson said. “Many of the best scientists who have made groundbreaking discoveries have been TED speakers. Just to be able to give a lecture in the same format as some of these distinguished scientists is humbling and a true honor.”

TED seeks the most interesting people on earth and lets them discuss what they are passionate about. Fridriksson’s passion is helping people learn to communicate after a stroke. His research is concentrated on aphasia, a communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language and formulate speech.

He is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on stroke and aphasia and is on the fast track to make a difference in the lives of stroke patients and their families.

“In South Carolina, unfortunately, almost everyone has a family member or friend who has had a stroke,” said Dr. Tom Chandler, Arnold School dean, said. “The findings from Dr. Fridriksson’s research offer hope to many in the Palmetto State and beyond.”

Fridriksson joined the Arnold School faculty in 2001 and has been hailed by scientific colleagues as one of the “most distinguished pioneers” in the study of speech disabilities related to stroke.

Recently, he was named a Health Care Hero in research for the region and was selected the 2011 recipient of the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Clinical Achievement from the American Speech and Hearing Foundation. The award recognizes significant accomplishments in the advancement of clinical service in speech-language pathology and/or audiology.

TEDTalks have become so popular that TED's website was relaunched around them to enable a global audience to enjoy free eyeball-to-eyeball access to some of the world's greatest thinkers, leaders and teachers. Visit the TED site to learn more the “riveting talks from remarkable people.”

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Posted: 01/05/12 @ 2:15 PM | Updated: 01/09/12 @ 10:37 AM | Permalink

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